Being Santa: Documentary & Mikey’s Awakening of Christmas Spirit

Mikey and Diva Dan

Mikey and Diva Dan’s Christmas Tree.

Last night on Netflix, Daniel and I watched a documentary called Becoming Santa. I have included a YouTube Trailer of the documentary below. Don’t watch this with young kids around as it will ruin their views of what Santa is. However, there is a lot to learn for us adults in this.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this documentary as a gentleman who had lost his parents in the recent years had also lost the Christmas Spirit. Upon cleaning out his Dad’s possessions, he stumbled across a photo of his dad dressed up as Santa. The photo was taken years after his mother had passed. It was something he never knew about his dad. He wondered if his dad was dressing up as Santa to rekindle the Christmas Spirit after the death of his mom. The documentary goes from the transformation of the idea of being Santa to attending Santa School in Denver Colorado. Eventually he finds his way attending live events as Santa Claus. Jack Sanderson assumes the Santa role and learns some really interesting lessons. He tells it the way it is.

The documentary was laced with historical information about Santa Claus, the real person. I have to say, I learned many things about Santa Claus that I didn’t know. I didn’t realize our version in North America is very different to how Santa is viewed else where.

I won’t spoil the movie but there is a point near the end that really hit me hard as Jack came to a realization. The act of kindness, generosity and giving nature of what is portrayed as Santa Claus is in most of us all year long but many of us sideline it and bring it back out at Christmas time. The Christmas Spirit may be the act of giving, but not through gifts, but through the act  of giving yourself through your own actions to everyone around you.

Simple things you can do everyday!

  • Acknowledge others around you for services you have received.
  • If you have received service that met your standards, say thanks and share your appreciation to whomever served you.
  • If you are walking passed someone on the sidewalk while taking a leisurely stroll in your neighbor. Make a point to say Hi as you pass.
  • Show gratitude and appreciation to your friends. It doesn’t cost a dime.
  • Congratulate others for their accomplishments without ‘One Up’ing Them’ with your own news. Let them have their moment. Your time to share will come again in the future.
  • For parents, to acknowledge and take a moment to notice something your child did that you really liked. You may just surprise them. Your acknowledgement teaches the children to share appreciation and see how easy it is to do.

I’ve never seen the Christmas Spirit portrayed like that, I’ve always seen it as the act of buying gifts, singing holiday tunes and slaving over the stove at Christmas time as people are stressed out with finances and pressures to be someone that doesn’t exist any other time of year.

To me, this was an awakening moment for me. Not enough money exists for me to give endlessly give to charities. I can do things in my everyday life and my actions online to think of ways to help others before considering myself. Yes, I’m priority one to take care of Daniel and I, but I am not on this planet alone… I can see the difference that is needed to make a better world… I can start with myself to make the changes I want to see.

Instead of wanting the change… I choose to “Be The Change” I believe that is desperately needed today.


About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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9 Responses to Being Santa: Documentary & Mikey’s Awakening of Christmas Spirit

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  3. hughstammy says:

    Good morning Crochet Crowd,
    I read Mikey’ post and watched his Video, I must say it pulls at the heart strings.
    I remember as a child the hard time my mom and dad had trying to buy for Christmas, Dad only bringing home $112.00 a week when he wasn’t on call for a oil/gas/cole company had hard times just feeding all of us and when i say all of us I mean 9 children me being the oldest. My mother was a stay at home Mom and I remember her Baking things all the time o’my gosh ooooy gooy Cinnamon rolls, fudge cookies you name it and she woud decorate them like they came from a specilty baker but the best part they were homemade and tasted so good and fresh. My mother was also a Crocheter she would make things that would knock your socks off sort of speak and she would do this all year just so that we would have something under the tree, sweaters sock that she would knit, lapghans, afghans, blankest, bed dolls om’y the list is endless. I since have changed my religion to Sunni Muslim and I give all year long to the poor if I see someoneone the street, one day I had just come out of the grocery store and I seen an elderly woman coming towards me and she asked me if some spare change to buy some bread here in Egypt 10 pieces of bread costs 1 egyptian pound and 50 piester (sry Spelling) thats less than 1.00 US Dollar. well I gave her 2 Egyptian pounds plus that very day I had made a small hand bag with draw strings that I had kept my money in and put inside my purse, I took out my money and gave her the bag sothat she could put her 2 pounds (LE) the smile that came over her face was worth a thousand words and a warm feeling come over me there is nothiing like it. I was at lunch one day at KFC here in Egypt and my lady friend said to me look to your left out the window, it was winter no snow here in Egypt but it gets really cold, well there was a young homeless boy looking in I said to my friend lets bring him in were it is warm because he had no shoes and no coat he was wearing a short sleeved t-shirt with holes in it and was barefooted she says no we can not I asked why she said the people in here will beat him and through him out, well this made me loose my appitite and I gave him my whole dinner I hadn’t even started to eat or drink, we took it to him and he was so ever greatful. I once seen a security gaurd here in the winter that had a lite jacket on no hat and no gloves and he was on his route checking the neighborhood I noticed he would stay on the side where the sun was to stay warm he couldn’t afford a pair of gloves, he had a family he only earned 250,00 LE (Egyptian Pounds) a month to feed a family of 4 thats less than 100 US dollars a month, I made him a hat and gloves and my Husband went to give it to him and he came back and said to me I am sorry but the man had passed away, he was sick so bad with broncitous (again sry Spelling) in both lungs. So this has made me change myself for the better in many ways, I gave when I was a Christian Baptis I bought a family of 4 groceries for a week, but I have given myself more than I had before. It’s hard to see people every day that can not afford a slice of bread. I feel so blessed to be able to do this. Thank you for sharing Mikey, God Bless you and Danial and Cathy an who ever else for being able to give year round.

  4. Jennifer Peterson says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Becoming Santa. I had not heard about that documentary so I watched it tonight with my Dad who was Santa for many years. I heard so many things that I have heard my Dad say over the years! Santa has and always will be a big part of my life. For the last 10 years my Dad has been making wooden toys all year that he gives away to local children at our Country Christmas Celebration in our town. This year I decided to add crocheted toys to the party for the children. Giving from our hearts and seeing their joy is the best feeling ever!

  5. Dear Mikey, this is not just about the Santa documentary but about having become a member of your Crochet Crowd. I love it here. I was asked to join a group early this year who crochets and knits for servicemen in Afghanistan (the cold, mountainous part) and is now switching over to make hats for homeless veterans. Early on they talked about joining the yarn different ways and when I went online to look them up I found you. I now have a separate file in my “inbox” labeled Crochet Crowd and when I get emails from you I file them there to save for future reference. Also – the humanity you share! The Crochet-Arium! All of it – I love it. You are so willing to open up and share yourself, you let yourself be vulnerable and share all your thoughts and feelings. Thank you so much. Linda

  6. Patty Pittala says:

    Thank you for these wonderful thoughts and insights. We should keep having this conversation during the season, keep sharing ideas and experiences. Keeps the holidays real and maybe bring the magic back for some. :0)

  7. Sharon says:

    This is totaly AWESOME! And everyone should take some time to see this and read your comments! You are so right in that we need to do this every day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! It would change and touch so many lives! Thanks for sharing and caring!

  8. Wonderful Sentiment and Inspiration! Be the Santa! Be the Change! Thanks for the positive motivation Mikey!!! :>

  9. Thanks for sharing this 🙂 WhatI a lovely message. I wonder if this is something we can watch in the UK. I shall investigate 🙂

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